Happy Ever After
Home Beautiful|October 2021
A bold makeover transforms a dream family home into the gold standard for indoor-outdoor living
Lori Cohen

GARDEN PARTY This stunning home has glorious rooms and a verdant garden, but for Laurie, Danica, and their four children, it also needed a dash of personality and warmth. Enter interior designer Simone Hirsch who was tasked with creating living spaces tailor-made for spending time with family and friends. Case in point is the patio, which lent itself to organic materials, lashings of plants, and informal pieces, all supporting the brief to make comfort the priority. “It’s amazing how much time we spend outdoors now. We wanted the flexibility to dine or relax outdoors. It’s given us so many options,” says Laurie.

GAMES ROOM This room – by day a TV and music room for the kids, by night a poker room – is dominated by Christian Lacroix ‘Reveries’ in Vert Buis fabric featuring mythical creatures. The generous use of fabric allows it to be sectioned off from the rest of the home. “It’s a fun, eclectic room that contains the noise, is practical, but stills feel luxurious,” says Simone. For a similar sofa, try the Manhattan Home ‘Vinny’ sofa from Temple & Webster.

DINING ROOM The leafy scene interpreted on the handpainted wallpaper reflects the outside lounge that lies parallel to the dining room (top right), but in shadowy tones appropriate for a more glamorous, evening feel. For similar chairs, try the ‘Tall Feature’ dining chairs from French Tables.

With its grand rooms and park-like garden, this graceful house in Cape Town, South Africa held the promise of a comfortable family home for Laurie and Danica. However, it lacked the warmth and personality they wanted for their tribe of six – including pre-tween triplets. Enter interior designer Simone Hirsch who was gifted a clean slate to craft inviting living spaces that would make family gatherings and entertaining a breeze.

The couple’s previous place in Johannesburg was slick, cool and modern. The shift in cities and lifestyle required a softer touch for their new home, and Simone took her cue from Laurie’s quirky tastes. “Laurie is quite eclectic and likes fun things, but also pieces that are timeless. He’s not afraid to push the boundaries,” she says. “If their first home was minimalist, the move was towards maximalist for this one,” explains Simone, who harnessed the power of rich fabrics and unique pieces to bring the home to life.

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